Young students get lesson in life cycles

May 10, 2017 05:45 PM

VOORHEESVILLE - It was a fun day for students at Bethlehem Children's School in Voorheesville on Wednesday. They got a hands-on lesson about science and life cycles by releasing brown trout into Vly Creek. From the creek, the fish will likely end up in the Hudson River.

The pre-k and elementary school students first got the fish eggs in the fall and followed their progress until Wednesday.

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"We get the eggs in the fall, they hatch, they learn about the life cycle of fish and at the end of the whole experience, they get to come out and release them to the wild," explained Jennifer Congdon with Bethlehem Children’s School.

The school has been doing this for years. They call it "Trout in the Classroom."

Not every egg makes it to fish, so the students learn that along with life comes death. However, in the water, they also learn how the trout get along with other animals.

"If they're actually having an experience like this, that they can remember and so it's memorable for them and it really creates a great foundation for them as stewards of our planet," pointed out Congdon.

However, it wasn't just fish they were releasing. They also released a message in a bottle.

Five years ago, the kids did the same thing and just this past weekend, they got it back in the mail -- all the way from the Hudson River in Kingston.

The children were so excited about getting this message back. In another five years who knows how many miles away, maybe they will get another message in the mail.


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